Chicken With 40 Cloves of Garlic

20 10 2009

I know what you’re thinking.  40 cloves of garlic?!?!?!!  I know that vampires have been the in thing lately, but isn’t this a little TOO much insurance?  Won’t my breath demolish anyone I meet for a week after eating this? 

Never fear.  The garlic cooks down in this slow cooker dish, so it is no longer potent and overwhelming. 

Ingredients:

3 lbs of chicken (this could be a whole butchered chicken, a chicken you butcher yourself, breasts only, etc.)

5 heads of garlic (yes, the ENTIRE head)

1 lb bacon

white wine or chicken broth

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp dried thyme

 

Directions:

Cut bacon into inch wide chunks.  Brown in a pan.  Set bacon aside.  Put about 1 tbs of the bacon grease in the bottom of the crock pot.

Separate out all the cloves of garlic from the heads.  Smash them with the flat side of your Chinese cleaver to easily remove the paper.  Put all cloves in the bottom of the crock pot.

Pour in either white wine or chicken stock to barely cover the garlic.  (Note, if you use stock, I would also add in 2 tbs of lemon juice to help brighten up the flavor)

Sprinkle salt, pepper, and thyme over the garlic. 

Put chicken on top of the garlic.  Put bacon on top of chicken

Place a layer of Aluminum foil over the crock pot and THEN the lid.  This will keep the steam from escaping and you from running out of liquid.

If you cook at low, this should take about 7-8 hours.

If you cook at high, this should take about 4 hours.

Once done, pull out chicken and bacon and set aside.  Pour liquid and garlic into a blender (or use your stick blender) to puree into a delicious sauce.  Pour over chicken and serve!

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6 responses

20 10 2009
Juggins

I need to make this… I need to borrow your slow cooker. 😉

20 10 2009
paleomama

It is really really good. Slow cookers are cheap!

21 10 2009
Christian

Oooh I have been looking for some good slow cooker recipes. BTW tried your chilli in the slow cooker and it was amazing. Can’t wait to try this. Add some hot drinks for the winter time!

21 10 2009
paleomama

Ask and you shall receive…

27 10 2009
Michael

So how do you keep the chicken from drying out? Any time I make something in the crockpot the meat comes out really dry.

27 10 2009
paleomama

If you notice in the directions, I say to put a piece of aluminum foil over the crock pot before putting on the lid. This keeps liquid from escaping as steam.

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